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Heikki Savolainen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 6
Total 9
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameHeikki Ilmari•Savolainen
Used nameHeikki•Savolainen
Born28 September 1907 in Joensuu (FIN)
Died29 November 1997 in Kajaani (FIN)
Measurements172 cm / 62-66 kg
NOC Finland

Biography

Heikki Savolainen had a very long career as a gymnast. He competed in five Olympics and won at least one medal in every Olympics he participated. Savolainen made his international début at the 1928 Olympics, where he won bronze on pommelled horse. In 1932, Savolainen won a silver on high bar and three bronzes (individual all-around, parallel bars and team event). At the 1936 Olympics, Savolainen won a bronze in the team event, a feat he repeated at the 1952 Olympics. The most successful Olympics for Savolainen were 1948, where he won golds on pommelled horse and in the team event, and was selected to recite the athletes’ oath at the Opening Ceremony. At the World Championships, Savolainen was less successful than at the Olympic Games, winning only a team silver in 1950. Domestically, Savolainen won six Finnish individual all-around titles between 1928-37 and 20 Finnish gymnastics titles in all between 1928-50. By profession, Savolainen was a medical doctor. From 1932-37, he also worked for Suomen Urheilulehti (Finnish sports magazine). From 1946-59 he was the vice-president of the Finnish Gymnastics Federation, and from 1946-56 he was the president of Kajaanin Voimistelijat.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) FIN Heikki Savolainen
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) =6
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Finland 5
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =16
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =17
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 13
Rings, Men (Olympic) 12
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1932 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) FIN Heikki Savolainen
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Finland 3 Bronze
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 6
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 10
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Rings, Men (Olympic) 7
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 7
1936 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) FIN Heikki Savolainen
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 9
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Finland 3 Bronze
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 9
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 38
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 7
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 5
Rings, Men (Olympic) 8
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 36
1948 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) FIN Heikki Savolainen
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 14
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Finland 1 Gold
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 58
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =48
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 6
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 29
Rings, Men (Olympic) 8
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =1 Gold
1952 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) FIN Heikki Savolainen
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 29
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Finland 3 Bronze
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =101
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =102
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =54
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 4
Rings, Men (Olympic) =19
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =8

Special Notes